GrowLabs Team Retsly Lends Its Hand to Real Estate Hackathon in San Francisco

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New GrowLab accelerator team Retsly is “powering” a two-day competition in San Francisco for software developers to create new applications for residential real estate.

It’s called the “Realogy Innovation Summit – Powered by Retsly”. Realogy is a global leader in real estate franchising and provider of real estate brokerage, relocation and settlement services and the hackathon, or “Innovation Summit” is the company’s second in six months.

Up to 300 software developers will be selected to participate at new event, which will take place Nov. 6-7, while the 2013 National Association of REALTORS Conference and Expo at the Moscone Center in San Francisco takes place. Developers will strut their stuff in an around-the-clock environment using current MLS listings and data in a secure environment. It will feature some of the software industry’s most talented software developers creating web, mobile, and analytic products for residential real estate, in a 27.5-hour live competition.

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“We’re beyond excited about data becoming more accessible to innovators, and we think the next big idea in real estate technology will be born at this event,” said Retsly’s Kyle Campbell.

Developers will get to take advantage of the Vancouver-based Retsly Software’s unique data platform. Overall, the Retsly data platform will provide developers with access to approximately 2 million property listings.

The event is being called the “first of its kind” for the real estate industry, and will make property listings available in a secure programming environment, with data feeds from some of the nation’s largest multiple listing services. Moreover, proprietary listings databases of Realogy’s real estate franchise brands will be made available, like: Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate, CENTURY 21, and more.

“Realogy is committed to fostering innovation in the real estate industry,” said Alex Perriello, CEO of the Realogy Franchise Group. “The Realogy Innovation Summit – Powered by Retsly is designed to challenge the most creative software developers to focus their efforts on using property listings in big data applications for the real estate space. It will be dramatic to see what new applications will be conceived in such a compressed period of time.”

Perriello called the event “a complementary extension” of its Realogy FWD Innovation Summit, held in June, that showcased 15 emerging technology companies and their newly created products.

Up to 300 software developers will be selected to participate at new event, which will take place Nov. 6-7, while the 2013 National Association of REALTORS Conference and Expo at the Moscone Center in San Francisco takes place.

REALTOR ambassadors also will be on hand to add a practitioner’s perspective to the software developers’ brainstorming.

Winning the competition will be pretty cool for a few developers too: they’ll get to present their innovative ideas in front of more than 25,000 real estate professionals on the trade show floor from Nov. 8-11 at the National Association of REALTORS’ Expo.

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